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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH macaroonmacaron, macaroon
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MACAROON VS. MACARON
What’s the difference between a macaroon and a macaron?
A macaroon is a kind of drop cookie made with egg whites, sugar, and often coconut—and sometimes with ground almonds and maybe a little flour. A macaron is a round, colored sandwich cookie made with egg whites, sugar, and often ground almonds, with a buttercream, ganache, or jam filling. Macarons are known for coming in many different flavors and colors.
The two cookies are made with some of the same basic ingredients, including sugar and egg whites, but they have very different appearances and textures.
Macaroons look like this:
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Macarons look like this:
— Bouchon Bakery (@bouchon_bakery) December 9, 2019
However, the sandwich cookie properly known as a macaron is sometimes called a macaroon. (The reverse is not the case—it’s not common for the simple drop cookies usually made with coconut to be called macarons.)
Making macarons requires quite a bit of skill. They’re delicate and often expensive. Macaroons, on the other hand, are much simpler to make—you basically just mix all the ingredients together and then drop balls of the mix onto a cookie sheet. Macaroons are sometimes dipped in chocolate.
To remember the difference (and which spelling to use for each word), remember that macaroon is spelled with two O’s, as is coconut, a common ingredient in macaroons.
Here’s an example of macaroon and macaron used correctly in a sentence.
Example: I asked my mom to make macaroons for my birthday, but she misunderstood and spent all month learning how to make several different flavors and colors of fancy French macarons.
Want to learn more? Read the full breakdown of the difference between macaroon and macaron.
Quiz yourself on macaroon vs. macaron!
Should macaroon or macaron be used in the following sentence?
The French bakery near me has a display case with a _____ in every color you can imagine, all filled with delicious buttercream.
How to use macaroon in a sentence
As an admittedly atypical kid, I adored the combination of dark chocolate and chewy, sweet coconut, which reminded me of macaroons, another favorite treat.
He talks about diving into the world of high fashion and his new macaroon flavor.Will Cotton Unveils New Show at Pace Prints and Ladurée Collaboration|Isabel Wilkinson|November 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Make macaroon crumbs by drying macaroons and beating them until they are quite fine.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4|Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
"I know who you are," he said, as he annihilated a cocoanut macaroon.Pee-Wee Harris Adrift|Percy Keese Fitzhugh
How many a ginger-cake, and biscuit, and macaroon, have I slipped into your bands—I was always so fond of you.The Robbers|Friedrich Schiller
Marise stopped eating the macaroon, and, going slowly to the table, she laid the nibbled remnant on somebody else's plate.Vision House|C. N. Williamson
While the above is baking, make very small choux (about the size of a macaroon), and bake them also.